My MacBook Freezes - Invalid content in journal

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by breathe!, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. breathe! macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2010
    My MacBook just freezes on me last week, I force quite the Mac, and afterward I keep listening to the "song opening" but nothing. I run Leopard, Disk utility/first aid, I got a message of "Invalid content in Journal" & "Volume Bit Map needs minor repair" but it did not correct the problem.
    Please help!

    Connection Type: Internal
    Total Capacity: 465.8 GB
    Write Status: Read/Write
    S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified
    Partition Map Scheme: GUID Partition Table
  2. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Sounds like a bad format/install at best, and a bad hard drive at worst. You're looking at an erase and install situation, IMO. Did you boot from your install disk and try to repair the drive there? If not, I would try that before assuming the worst. Hopefully you've been using time machine?
  3. breathe! thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2010
    Thank you for your answer. I did boot from the install disk and try to repair, and it keep showing the same message "volume bit map needs minor repair" and after that message, the repair process stared all over again. Unfortunately I haven't used time machine. :(
  4. breathe! thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2010
    The messages are:
    The volume Macintosh HD could not be repaired after 3 attempts.
    Error: Filesystem verify on repair failed.

    I'm open to suggestions and please help!
  5. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Well it sounds like there is problem with the hard drive, so replace it.
  6. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Actually, I'd get a copy of DiskWarrior first (if you can borrow, you can save yourself the $99). It will very possibly be able to fix the issue. If the drive is dead, it won't, but I've often seen it fix those exact issues.


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